Ava DuVernay

Nominated for two Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, five Critics Choice awards, eight NAACP Image Awards and five Film Independent Spirit Awards, writer/director Ava DuVernay’s most recent film,¬†Selma,¬†chronicles the historic 1965 voting rights campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She won the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 for her acclaimed feature Middle of Nowhere.

Her previous narrative and documentary work includes the feature film I Will Follow and the documentaries Venus Vs., My Mic Sounds Nice and This Is The Life. In 2010, she founded the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), a grassroots collective that distributes work from filmmakers of color. Prior to her directorial career, DuVernay worked as a film marketer and publicist for more than 14 years through her company, The DuVernay Agency.